Rosler buzzing after Bees win

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Brentford boss Uwe Rosler praised his players after they bounced back to winning ways with a 2-1 success against Rochdale at Spotland.

Sam Saunders fired the decisive goal 11 minutes from time after Marcus Holness' header had cancelled out Gary Alexander's early penalty.

Rosler said: "We knew we had to protect our back four against Rochdale because their problem has not been scoring goals, they have struggled to keep them out."

He added: "Their best player in recent games has been Harry Bunn, and we worked on countering his threat from the left. We also tried to cut out the ball into their wide players, and again, that was something we did effectively.

"Nevertheless, they looked dangerous at times and I felt we were fortunate to be leading 1-0 at the break. I said to the lads at half-time we cannot defend here for 45 minutes, but to concede from a corner was unthinkable because I felt we had the players in there to dominate aerial set-pieces. But in the end I'm really pleased to get the win and get back on track."

Having ended a run of 10 games without a win last weekend at Preston, the result was a big disappointment to Rochdale boss Steve Eyre.

He said: "It's always difficult to swallow defeat, and especially at home, but I didn't think we were sparkling. We were the team always probing and we made moments for ourselves, but what we didn't do was make the most of those moments.

"There was a little bit of loose play and some slack marking leading up to the penalty which I wasn't happy with at all, but the referee had no choice but to award the spot-kick, I've no arguments with that decision. So before you know it you are 1-0 down with it all to do after a bright start.

"We pushed and shoved towards half-time and we were not too disheartened at the break because we didn't expect Brentford to cause us too many problems in the second half as they could sit on the lead.

"We continued to have a go, kept believing and scored from a set-piece. At that point perhaps both teams should have packed up and settled for the draw and it needed some real grit to shut the opposition out and we didn't manage to do it, so I'm disappointed."

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